The chakras are the seven major energetic intersections in the body that run from Muladhara chakra, the ‘four-petal lotus flower’ at the base of the spine to Sahasrara chakra, the ‘thousand-petal lotus flower’, just beyond the crown of the head.
Each chakra has a certain number of energetic pathways, also called nadis, which pulse through them, giving them their ‘flower shape’. accordingly, each chakra has a specific number of ‘petals’, the same in every human body.
But how do these energy centers relate to the Sanskrit language?
If you think of the chakras in their lotus flower form, and add up the number of petals from Muladhara, the base chakra, to Ajna, the sixth chakra, (excluding the seventh, crown, chakra), you would count exactly 50 petals.
Muladhara has four ‘petals’ or corners to its shape. The second chakra, Swadhisthana has six. The third, Manipura, has ten. Anahata has 12. Visuddhu, 16. And Ajna has 2. Together, 50 petals.
HERE’s THE THING. Those 50 petals, or nadis, each emits its own vibration, its own specific sound.
The ancient Yogis became so still and silent in their meditations that they could hear these universal sounds and they became the 50 syllables of the Sanskrit alphabet. Put together as a chant, the Sanskrit alphabet becomes the Mantra Laya. But that’s another story ;)
And the seventh chakra? Sahasrara is the culmination of all of the Sanskrit sounds which combine to become the sound of AUM, or OM. The collective sound of creation, containing all of the sounds of the universe.
Sounds like magic, but it's science!
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I'VE FINALLY GOT THIS KOHA YOGA THING INTO A STUDIO! it's something that has been on my mind for such a long, long time that i want to share the story... to release it from my brain and let it out into the world! here we go....
YEARS AGO, I HAD A 'ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME' EXPERIENCE in MEDITATION. I TOUCHED 'THAT SPACE' WHICH IS FORMLESS, NAMELESS. I FELT like i was being HELD AND SUPPORTED IN A CRADLE OF UNBREAKABLE PEACE AND ENDLESS JOY. IT. WAS. DIVINE.
LITERALly. CONNECTION. WITH. THE. DIVINE. 💫
THE THOUGHT THAT IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWED MY FEELING OF CONNECTION WAS THAT I WANTED MY MOTHER, MY SISTERS, MY FATHER, MY FRIENDS, MY COUSINS... EVERYONE whom I LOVE TO EXPERIENCE THIS MOMENT, this FEELING OF SUCH WHOLENESS, THE MEMORY OF WHICH WILL SUPPORT ME THROUGH THE REST OF MY LIFE.
A YEAR LATER, I HAD THE SAME FEELING AGAIN. THIS TIME WITH PSYCHEDELICS. SAME FEELING, DIFFERENT PATH. BUT AGAIN IT FELT LIKE SOMETHING SO PRECIOUS AND VALUABLE THAT I'D CALL IT ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME MOMENT. FOR THE SECOND TIME.
TWO YEARS LATER, THE ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME FEELING, BUT THIS TIME THROUGH A YIN YOGA PRACTICE. UNBREAKABLE PEACE, ENDLESS JOY, A FEELING OF COMPLETENESS AND A THOUGHT THAT I WANTED TO SHARE THIS SOMEHOW.
EXCEPT THIS TIME DIFFERED SLIGHTLY. I FELT GRATUITOUS, SPOILT. WHY DO I HAVE THIS EXPERIENCE, NOT ONCE OR TWICE, BUT THREE TIMES? HOW DO I SHARE IT?
AND THEN I THOUGHT OF ALL THE PEOPLE IN MY LIFE WHO COULD BENEFIT, REALLY THRIVE, WITH A YOGA PRACTICE IN THEIR DAILY ROUTINE. ALL OF THE PRACTICES THAT HAD BOUGHT ME TO THIS PLACE AND THIS FEELING: MEDITATION; PSYCHEDELICS; YOGA PRACTICE... THEY'RE ALL PART OF THE YOGA SYSTEM. (PSYCH'S FALL UNDER THE LEFT-HANDED PATH OF TANTRA).
THE PEOPLE WHO WERE CALLED FORTH IN MY MIND TO SHARE THIS FEELING WITH.... THEY COULD NOT AFFORD TO FLY TO INDIA TO MEDITATE FOR 10 DAYS AS I DID. THEY CAN'T TAKE A MONTH OUT OF LIFE TO STUDY YOGA IN BALI. IN FACT THE REASON THEY SPRUNG TO MIND AS THE DESERVING RECIPIENTS OF YOGA IS BECAUSE THEY'RE PEOPLE WHO ARE SQUEEZED FROM EVERY SIDE. RAISED IN POVERTY. DIDN'T FINISH SCHOOL. CHILDREN FROM A YOUNG AGE. POOR DIETS, UNHEALTHY LIFESTYLE. UNEMPLOYED. TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS. SMOKERS, DRINKERS, DRUG USERS. AND NO, I'M NOT DESCRIBING DIFFERENT GROUPS OF PEOPLE, I'M TALKING ABOUT ONE GROUP WHO HAVE ALL OF THESE FACTORS WORKING AGAINST THEM IN THEIR ONE PRECIOUS LIFE. PEOPLE THAT I KNOW AND LOVE. some of them, family. BORN INTO SUCH TOUGH CIRCUMSTANCES WITH SO LITTLE SUPPORT THAT THEY NEVER HAD A CHANCE TO THRIVE. NEVER. THEY'RE AT THE BOTTOM LOOKING UP AND A YOGA PRACTICE COULD LITERALLY TRANSFORM THEIR LIVES!
BUT HERE'S THE RUB. THEY'RE Not GOING TO WALK INTO A YOGA STUDIO AND START PRACTICING BECAUSE MOST YOGA STUDIOS DON'T LOOK LIKE A safe SPACE FOR THEM at all. YOGA, especially as it is viewed ONLINE, HAS BECOME THE DOMAIN OF SKINNY, BENDY GYMNASTS. THEse instagram PICTURES DOn'T IMPART A SEnse of healing or empowerment at all?! so how does that invite someone who's never been fit, can't afford $30-$40 a week for membership and can't touch their toes, to start? of course they won't venture into that intimidating space.
so we're bringing it to the peeps. koha yoga. pay what you can afford, just come.
we've had three classes so far with a wonderful response and we hope to do many, many more.
corban estate arts center
tuesdays at 7pm
saturdays at 9am
learn the philosophy of yoga and build a regular practice. we practice in a beautiful, neutral studio space and all are welcome. mats and blocks provided if you don't have them. our aim is that eventually you will have a solid understanding of this incredible science and a hunger for it too.
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There are many modern misconceptions about Yoga but one of the greatest is this – that Yoga is about Love ❤ Or that Yoga is about spirituality 🙏🏽 Or fitness 🏃♀️ Or flexibility? Although the practice of Yoga can inspire each of these elements, it can't be described as any of them alone. In the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, one of the ancient Yogic texts, the word ‘flexible’ isn't even mentioned, not once!
The true essence of Yoga, according to the Hatha tradition, is
⚡ POWER ⚡
Through the seven progressive stages of Hatha, you work to (1) purify and (2) strengthen the body; to (3) calm and (4) stabilize the mind🌑; to (5) develop sensitivity to your subtle body and then to (6) train yourself to expand and direct your energy ☀️ to your own best use
It is ENERGY MANAGEMENT, pure and simple. The creation and transferal of PRANA, so that you can thrive and carry out your life's mahi (work). This strong reserve of conscious energy is important because the seventh and final stage of Hatha progression is (7) ILLUMINATION 🔥 and once you reach this point, you’re gonna need alllllllllll the power that you can possibly get 😉😉 But that’s another story about MAHAD
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#dharma #mahad #sevenstages #power #yogini #kohayoga